New ‘Tomato MD’ App On Call For Sick Crops

Tomato MD is an interactive tomato reference tool from the American Phytopathological Society that helps hobby and master gardeners, professional growers, and consultants identify and manage nearly 30 key diseases, insects, and physiological disorders. The app, which is part of the organization’s new “Plant Health” family of applications for the iPhone or iPad, is rich with images and tips covering everything from cultural to chemical management, offering specific features such as:

  • A diagnostic key of tomato diseases based on physical symptoms and the location of infection, including the leaves, stem, fruit, and whole plant
  • A photo gallery broken down by insects and mites and by specific parts of the tomato plant affected by these pests
  • An index of more than 35 common diseases, insects, and mites that affect tomato plants. Once the disease or pest is isolated, users can learn more about causes and sources, symptoms, management strategies, other plants that may serve as host to the pest, and more useful information
  • A tutorial on packing diagnostic samples for the identification of diseases, insect and mite pests, and other disorders
  • An updated list of U.S. diagnostic labs where samples can be sent

Tomato MD is based in part on two APS PRESS Books: Tomato Health Management (Edited by R. Michael Davis, Ken Pernezny, and Janet C. Broome) and the Compendium of Tomato Diseases and Pests, Second Edition (Edited by Jeffrey B. Jones, Thomas A. Zitter, M. Timur Momol, and Sally A. Miller).

Tomato MD was authored and peer-reviewed by American Phytopathological Society members Margaret McGrath, Gail Ruhl, Michelle Grabowski, Daniel Gilrein, Robert Wick, and Margery Daughtrey. Many others contributed images.

Click here to access more of the app’s information via iTunes.

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